What Monet Taught Me About Accounting

by | Dec 15, 2019 | Accounting, Culture | 0 comments

No. I don’t apply impressionism to accounting. 😀 I do apply wisdom from great masters such as Monet though.

Many people are familiar with the work of Claude Monet, a French painter, who used the impressionism style to convey some of the most beautiful scenes and landscapes known in the art world today. I recently had the privilege to observe Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature exhibit in Denver, Colorado. It was truly a magical experience. Monet was so meticulous in his approach, setting color to canvas. This was apparent about him, as I moved from one painting to the next. I think I viewed over 100 paintings that day — it was incredible! 

When I returned home and back to the office, there was some discussion with my team about the exhibit that made me laugh. I told them I loved seeing how meticulous Monet was with color. They laughed and someone said that it made sense that I would love the meticulous side of Monet! I found myself laughing again. “Meticulous” is THE word for describing an Advanced Certified Profit First Professional and the Founder of AccountSolve (accounting/bookkeeping firm that specializes in creating money freedom for designers and landscape professionals). 

Monet was an avid gardener too. He studied color while tending and appreciating his garden. You could say he drew inspiration from the activity. To be a great painter, you’ve got to appreciate a great painting…and Mother Nature is perhaps the best painter of them all.

So that’s it. Monet taught me that to be a great accountant, you must appreciate a great accounting system.

When you appreciate the things that inspire you, beauty and organization will follow.

I appreciate money freedom and want others to enjoy the benefits as well. I’m not an artist like Monet was. No, my art is actually working with numbers. Numbers, accounting, and Profit First advisory services that aid others to be and feel successful in their lives. I wonder how many more paintings Monet would have been able to do if he had known about Profit First? You can hashtag with this article “things to ponder”. #thingstoponder

What has Monet or anyone else, for that matter, taught you about your industry? Tag me in a comment on social media or write in. It would be great to hear from you.



Lori Peterson


Lori Petersen

Lori Petersen has seen the frustration and loss that landscape business owners experience when they don’t have command of their finances. Growing up, she watched her father work incredibly hard as a contractor. He’d come home late, eat the dinner kept warm in the oven, and do it all over again the next day. But it all came crashing down when he had to close the business and Lori’s family applied for food stamps. The business had failed and all of his hard work was for nothing. 

Today, Lori views every one of her clients as an opportunity to make this right. She firmly believes no one should work as hard as her dad did and not have a profitable business. No family should suffer because business finances were poorly managed. 

Lori has helped hundreds of landscape business owners make sense of their finances, implement proven money management systems and create unimagined profitability for their business. She ensures they experience the return they deserve for their hard labor.

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